Planning Board approves permit for medical marijuana dispensary

Jan 10, 2022

A proposed medicinal marijuana dispensary is one step closer to opening in Dartmouth.

On Jan. 10, the Planning Board granted a special permit to allow a medical marijuana dispensary to be opened at a facility located at 529 Faunce Corner Road.

The proposed dispensary would be occupied by Elevation Retail. It would be the only medical marijuana dispensary in the town’s Marijuana Overlay District.

“Cannabis is as much a therapeutic medicine as it is a recreational substance,” said Elevation Retail President Andre Arzumanyan. “So we’re very excited to have the opportunity to participate in town as a medical operation.”

The special permit approval follows a previously unsuccessful bid by developer Michael Panagakos and Arzumanyan last summer to obtain a permit for a recreational dispensary at the same location.

The previous application was withdrawn in November because the proposed location was too close to a site where Solar Therapeutics, another recreational dispensary, had already been approved to open.

The medical dispensary will be able to bypass that issue because the minimum distance requirement will only apply to other medical facilities.

SITEC engineer Steven Gioiosa, who represented Panagakos at the meeting, noted that the facility is approximately 6,150 square feet and includes 34 parking spaces.

He added it would meet all the requirements laid out in town bylaws concerning such facilities, including minimum distances to schools, other dispensaries and residential areas.

Arzumanyan said that the company is in the process of opening three other dispensaries in the commonwealth, though they would be open to recreational users.

In response to questions from the Planning Board about security, Arzumanyan said that it would be a top priority.

“You can think of this as on par with a bank facility,” he said, citing a vault, video surveillance system, panic alarms and a security staff among the many steps that the company would take to maintain security.